Tuesday, September 10, 2013

 Hey all ~~
I purchase Luna Apocolips when I was in UK. I don't think Australia has this shade I'm afraid, I haven't seen it in priceline or any thing. This is a lovely peachy/orange shade something that I'm obsessed with. just ordered The Balm's Frat Boy blush too. was tossing between that one or Mac's Melba. any ways.

 So the product comes like a lipgloss but its a liquid lipstick. its none sticky. the colour is really opaque. covers your natural lip colour. but ofcourse you can apply sheer and blend it out. gives you that coral lip really nice. I like the texture the colour. the only thing is it doesn't stay very long on my lips even when i don't eat or drink. so have to reapply many times.

 So here's some swatches. the top applied sheer, bottom applied thick. so photo above is with flash.

Photo above taken in natural indoor lighting. I think this can be used as blush as well. It's got that creamy consistency. so if you apply it sheer it can be a multi purpose product blush and lippie in one.

Here's a photo of me using Luna, hope you enjoy your apocolips too. if you haven't tried them, highly recommended.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

[]Skincare of acne, bumpy skin curing []~~~

 Hey all ~~
In the beginning of the year I was in UK, the weather was dry, cold and radiation heater was on all the time in the room while I'm sleeping too. so my skin was SOOOO dry, super dehydrated. and with the microcracks, it developed small small bumps from the weather and  trying out different skincare items. When I got back to Australia after two months later. my skin was freakin out because it is summer here.

 I had really bad acne, bumps all over my face. I tried so many things. went to doctor got on low dosage minocycline tablets for 2 months, along with Duac (benzyl peroxide 5% and antibiotics combination). It didn't work. made my skin even more drying and it got to a point where it hurts so much. my self esteem hit ROCK BOTTOM. was crying because I felt like every one was looking at my skin and thinking how horrible it is. some friends even joke about my skin ..... Not a very pleasant time to go through. Slathering on make up to cover it up. it was SOOO bad. 

So I went on internet and did some research, what kind of products for my skin problems. so I have dry dehydrated skin, that has blocked pores with lots of cystic acne as well as small small bumps from allergic reaction to some skincare products i was trying out in UK. 

So the first IMPORTANT thing I learnt was to stick to a skincare regime, because your skin doesn't know what to do when you keep chopping and changing products. So here's what I came up with and after about 4 months. my skin completely cleared up there's were still alot of acne scars but not active pimples and acne. and now about 6 months later. my scars has faded. and skin has calm down no more break outs only occasional one or two during that time of the months. 

 First step is cleanse:
I use the bioderma sensio water for getting rid of make up. but I find that AVOCADO OIL does a better job at removing makeup. or EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL. just put some on the cotton pad and then wipe all the make off. it takes off my estee lauder double wear.

So then to get rid of that oily feeling i use SUKIN GENTLE CLEANSING GEL. it is an Australian organic vegan brand. I have so many of their products love it all. its a foaming gel but not drying no SLS, no paraben its so gentle on my skin too. I use this morning and evening, and three a week i use it with my clarisonic at night.

So the next thing I use is ESTEE LAUDER's ANR SERUM, it is an amazing serum, it didn't flare up my skin even more. it adds moisture and it repairs my skin, it soothes my angry PIMPLES, it calms down my skin and tone down the redness. its a long time staple in my skincare.

OKAY, here's the PART where it has helped me really cleared up my acne. scrubbing my skin using beads or scrubs out there makes my skin worse!. and hurts. no matter hot gentle they claim. its not gentle enough. so I found PAULA's CHOICE 2% BHA products. I have it in GEL and LIQUID formula. I started with LIQUID it was really strong. my skin was peeling so I got the GEL, which was not as strong but it has a weird texture.  so what I did was mix HADALABO SHA 3 drops plus 3 drops of CIRACLE C-20 (20% Vitamin C concentration) all over the face. the products has a pH of 3.5 which is required for it to work.

The CIRACLE C-20 is an acidic solution contains 20% of Vitamin C which is really strong. this product is SOOOO popular in KOREA. and what I do is mix it in with the HADALABO. it helped lighten my acne scaring and mild exfoliation. when you first start using it may be only put 1 drop with moisturiser or toner. then slowly increase the amount. 

so I read that BHA are the best chemical exfoliate for cleaning out things in the pores to prevent pimples. and it also helps to prevent future pimples. No skincare will work overnight if it does then its only temporary effect. after about 2 weeks continuing using AHA products morning and night. I can see that my current pimples were going away and less of the new ones coming up. The other product I use to aid the treatment of scaring is PAULA's CHOICE 8% AHA GEL. This stings a bit when you first put it on, but I heard that it helps with the shedding of top skin layer therefore help to reduce acne scarring. still testing it out though. the results are as significant as CIRACLE C-20.

Hope this post help those of you that suffers from acne.. Best of of luck ~~ don't let any body bring you down, because what is inside that counts............ if you have further questions. you can email me.

New Nyx Lip Products.. ~~~

 Hey all ~~

I recently purchased some nyx lip products from ebay. it came in within a week. really fast. I was really interested to test out the Nyx butter glosses and the lip creams. so I picked up a few to try out because I heard good things and raves about them in the beauty community.

 Products:left to right
- Nyx butter gloss in vanilla cream pie
- Nyx butter gloss  in apple strudle
- Nyx butter gloss in tiramisu
- Nyx lip cream in San Paulo
- Nyx lip cream in Antwerp
- Nyx mega shine lipgloss in beige

Here are the swatches.
Top row: vanilla cream pie, apple strudel, tiramisu
Bottom row: Antwerp, San Paulo, Biege

NYX Butter Glosses:
I am typically not a lip gloss person. because I hate the sticky thick feeling of glosses. like MAC.. they are nice colours but i just can't wear them. but these. OMG I love it !!!. its like putting melted vaseline on your lips. so soft none sticky. it smells AMAZING !!! my favourite colour is the vanilla cream pie. love all three colours I purchased. highly recommended.

Nyx Lip Cream:
It's a matte product, with no shine. it dries really matte, I like it alot too. none sticky. lasts a LONG time. but the only thing is it settles into lines and dry cracks. so before you use this make sure you scrub your lips and moisturise with lip balm. but other wise.. great product. Antwerp is a really nice coral/ pink. great for summer

Nyx Mega Shine lipgloss:
This one smells amazing too, the colour is gorgeous. really nice pink not too outrageous. but i prefer the butter glosses, because the texture of this gloss is really slippery. doesn't stay as well as the other one. but then both of them lipgloss types are none sticky.

So I highly recommend you try these lip products. really love it. and for the price you pay I think they are really comparable to high end products.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Urban Decay Naked Basics- Review & Swatch

 Hey all ~~~
I purchased the Naked Basics a while ago, been using it now and then. Its quite popular amongst the beauty world, it is really hyped up, but I personally not a big fan of it.

 The texture is really smooth, the packaging is great, sturdy, doesn't get finger prints all over it.
the shadows are buttery soft, the lighter colours can be a bit chalky if applied too much. but I don't see the hype. there are 3 really similar light colours, WOS the pink toned one doesn't suit my me at all, because I am asian and yellow toned. The Naked 2 is the worst. it shows up grey on my eye lid. and it looks dirty.. like just looks like I put dirt all over my eyes. I tried it over MAC groundwork paint pot. seems a bit better, but I don't like that brown/grey tone.

The colour Faint is a nice brown. but is dupable. i found that MUA single eyeshadow matte in colour 19. is really really similar. can't tell the difference once its on the eyes. the black is really pigmented. you can use it as a liner or darken up the whole look. 

 Here's some swatches.

The top Row is swatched with no primer. the bottom row is swatched with UDPP.

you can see that the Naked 2 colour is this dirty brown grey colour. not a Fan. Not sure whats all the hype is about. I'm swapping it away in MakeupAlley. username Tomatosauce.

let me know if any one is interested.